Colon & Rectal Surgery

Colon Surgery for Wilson, NC

Colon and rectal surgery is a field of medicine dealing with disorders of the rectum, anus, and colon. Did you know that every year more than 600,000 surgical procedures are performed nationwide to treat a number of colon diseases? Surgery does not always find a cure, but it is one of the best ways to stop the spread of disease and alleviate any pain and discomfort you might be having.

Unfortunately, colon surgery is a traditional “open” procedure, which means it is highly invasive. After you are out of surgery you will most likely have to stay in the hospital for about a week and then have 6 more weeks of recovery. Give our general surgeon center in Wilson, NC a call to learn more about our procedure.

What is the Colon?

The colon is the large intestine; it is the lower part of your digestive tract. The intestine is a long, tubular organ consisting of the small intestine, the colon (large intestine) and the rectum, which is the last part of the colon. After food is swallowed, it begins to be digested in the stomach and then empties into the small intestine, where the nutritional part of the food is absorbed. The remaining waste moves through the colon to the rectum and is expelled from the body. The colon and rectum absorb water and hold the waste until you are ready to expel it.

Laparoscopic Colon Surgery

A technique known as minimally invasive laparoscopic colon surgery allows surgeons to perform many common colon procedures through small incisions. Depending on the type of procedure, patients may leave the hospital in a few days and return to normal activities more quickly than patients recovering from open surgery.

In most laparoscopic colon resections, surgeons operate through 4 or 5 small openings (each about a quarter inch) while watching an enlarged image of the patient’s internal organs on a television monitor. In some cases, one of the small openings may be lengthened to 2 or 3 inches to complete the procedure.
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